Dehydra 0.9

Dehydra is a lightweight, scriptable, general purpose static analysis tool capable of application-specific analyses of C++ code.
Dehydra is a lightweight, scriptable, general purpose static analysis tool capable of application-specific analyses of C++ code. In the simplest sense, Dehydra can be thought of as a semantic grep tool.

Dehydra presents a wealth of semantic information that can be queried with concise JavaScripts. It is also useful to find bugs in source code as it allows for much more error checking than C++ is capable of by itself. Dehydra is built as a GCC plugin, thus it is easy to use for projects that already support GCC.

Dehydra is also useful for generating language bindings and is used to bootstrap Treehydra, a heavy-duty static analysis GCC plugin.

Usage:

Dehydra checking can be performed directly within the Mozilla build. To enable static checking of a Mozilla build, see Building with static checking.

To run Dehydra manually using G++, add the -fplugin and -fplugin-arg flags to specify the location of the Dehydra plugin and the location of the analysis script:

$HOME/gcc-dehydra/installed/bin/g++ -quiet -fplugin=$HOME/gcc-dehydra/dehydra-gcc/gcc_dehydra.so -fplugin-arg=$DEHYDRA_SCRIPT
-fshort-wchar $CPPFILE -S -o /dev/null


For example, in the tests directory created by the installation procedure, I can run a Dehydra script 'a.js' on a Mozilla file like this:

../../gcc-build/gcc/cc1plus -quiet -fplugin=../gcc_dehydra.so
-fplugin-arg=a.js -fshort-wchar -fpreprocessed
/home/dmandelin/builds/dehydra-gcc/browser/app/nsBrowserApp.ii -o /dev/null


The -fshort-wchar is required for running against Firefox, but not necessarily for other codebases.

Requirements:

· Mercurial 1.0 (make sure that the mq extension is enabled)
· GCC 4.3
· SpiderMonkey 1.7 or newer provides scripting capabilities for Dehydra (trunk is preferred)

last updated on:
August 21st, 2008, 14:25 GMT
price:
FREE!
homepage:
developer.mozilla.org
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
developed by:
Taras Glek
category:
ROOT \ Programming \ Compilers
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